The Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories focuses on curating the best immersive story-driven content from around the world with the aim of exploring and nurturing this platform for new narrative forms. FIVARS is the first Canadian festival of its kind featuring many world premieres and in our preview screenings and events, audience responses are consistently full of contemplation, surprise, delight, controversy and wonder.
Great article about the festival in the Huffington Post:
The 3rd edition of the International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN) starts from June 3 to July 3 with a series of soft openings beginning April 16.
This year’s theme is AUTOMATA: Art made by machines for machines, with the BIAN looking at the impact of artificial intelligence in art and culture, with a program of robotic, immersive, virtual reality, augmented reality, sculpture and digital video works.
This year, the BIAN presents its major exhibition AUTOMATA at Arsenal Contemporary Art, a venue dedicated to presenting, promoting and developing contemporary art, from June 3 to July 3, 2016. Canadian and international artists will offer a large palette of eclectic works. BIAN audiences will discover a new generation of creators and established artists who effortlessly combine visual art processes with digital technologies to create the art of today and tomorrow.
Seamless Visions: New Textiles and Wearable Technologies
Ancient in origin, textiles have enabled our civilization to grow and prosper for thousands of years. Yet, these prehistoric beginnings have little impact on their continued significant role in the development of future technologies. The evolution of textiles parallels our innate fascinations with body augmentation and pattern recognition and has birthed new industries and subcultures in every generation. From architecture and medicine to fashion and space travel, textiles are a literal and figurative thread that binds the aspirations of humankind.
The 19th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival will build on this lineage, showcasing leading research and expressive applications of the art and science of textiles. Through a wide range of programming, the Festival will create opportunities for the critical exchange of knowledge about experimental processes, cultural trends, socioeconomic challenges and philosophical implications. In geographical context, the Festival will also draw upon Toronto’s increasing role as an international hub for innovations in wearable technology.
Topics and sub-topics for programming include:
+ Prosthetics and cybernetics
+ Second skins— devices & fabrics for protection
+ Wearable technology in posthumanist studies
+ Fashion for assistive devices
PATTERN-RECOGNITION & ALGORITHMIC MAKING
+ Weaving, as it relates to other disciplines
(cognitive science, biology, computer science)
+ Computerized textile design and production
+ Informatics through fabric (coded textiles)
+ Research and development of synthetic fibres
+ Smart textiles and responsive environments
+ 3D-printed textiles and 3D knitting
+ Fabrics for physical computing
ACTIVISM AND SOCIAL CRITIQUE
+ Biometric clothing and devices (and the politics therein)
+ Wearables that disrupt surveillance (active and passive)
+ Critical responses to the appropriation of indigenous dress
+ Bio-hacking and security concerns around wearables
On May 13, 2016, the festival will include Future Proof, a wearable technology fashion show.